Same-Sex Marriage in India

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Same sex marriage in India Introduction Same-sex marriage is one of the most debated social topics in the world today especially with regards to equality and rights of such couples. There are a few countries that provide rights of full civil marriage to same-sex couples such as Belgium and Canada (Graff, 2004). Some other countries such as South Africa, Australia, and France amongst others provide such couples with civil union rights or legal partnership rights (Graff, 2004). The debate on whether to accept or reject marriage of same-sex partners has been largely dependent on culture of particular regions. But, what is culture? Lustig and Koester (2010) define culture as a "learned set of shared interpretations about beliefs, values, norms, and social practices, which affect the behaviors of a relatively large group of people. From this definition it is clear why one community may have a different view about same-sex marriage to another community. Even though marriage has evolved culturally from the early days to-date, there are still differences that exist, for instance, Indians think of marriage as something that should be arranged by parents on behalf of the children (Lustig & Koester, 2010). On the other hand, in Argentina or Spain it is viewed as an outcome of a long courtship and preparation. In fact, in many cultures marriages must be approved by the family since they are viewed as vital link between families. The understanding and study of the cultural values of
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